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Sulphur's playoff run ends; Fairview, Lacassine to play for Class B title

Last Modified: Friday, March 01, 2013 10:22 PM

From staff reports

The Lady Tors' playoff run ended Friday night.

Second-seeded Natchitoches Central beat No. 6 Sulphur 62-40 in Class 5A semifinal at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.

Natchitoches Central (27-4) used a pressure defense to force 24 turnovers and keep Sulphur (25-4) from finding a shooting groove.

Sulphur, which had won 15 straight games including a 12-0 run through district, shot just 29 percent.

“You didn’t see the Sulphur team that’s been shooting the lights out the last 15 games and especially the last few playoff games,” said Sulphur coach Helen LeFevre. “We didn’t shoot well, but a lot of that was due to Natchitoches’ pressure. We’re not a big team, so we have to live by the outside shot, and they stopped that tonight.”

Hannah Cupit led Sulphur with 11 points.

Now, Natchitoches Central will face No. 1 seed Southwood, which beat No. 5 Denham Springs 44-22 Friday, in the state championship game.

Class B

Lacassine earned a return trip to the Class B championship game, where it will get another shot at defending champion Fairview, with a 52-32 win over Hathaway in a semifinal game at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

Fairview beat Lacassine in last year’s title game. Lacassine (39-1) led wire-to-wire after scoring the first eight points of the game and outscoring Hathaway 13-3 in the first quarter.

The Cardinals beat the Hornets (25-8) six times in as many tries this season. Hayley Guidry scored eight points during a 19-5 game-opening run and finished with a game-high 18 points.

It was business as usual for the Fairview Lady Panthers, who earned a trip to their seventh consecutive title game with an 88-46 rout of Florien.

Fairview (43-1) scored the game’s first 13 points and led 25-8 after the first quarter. Maghan Cooley scored seven points and made three steals in the first quarter as the Panthers controlled the game with pressure defense and a barrage of 3-pointers.

Class 2A

HAMMOND — Amber Donnes scored 25 points to lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 66-60 win over Pickering in a Class 2A semifinal game.

Pickering (29-4), which led 50-46 heading into the fourth quarter, got 20 points from Sami Thomas. However, she was the only Pickering player in double figures.

Alli Seale added 17 for STA (29-5).

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